ASC250 - Contemporary Social Research

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kiran Pienaar
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ASC161, ASC350, ASC450, ASC461

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

The unit enables students to explore different modes of social science research. It comprises:

  1. Key concepts in social research, including research design, ethics and sampling
  2. Qualitative and ethnographic approaches, including in-depth interviews, participant observation and data analysis
  3. Social surveys, including survey design, sampling, data analysis and reporting
ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Understand different research methodologies and the part these play in interpreting and understanding social life

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Evaluate a range of research methodologies and be able to present arguments on the pros and cons of each research method

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3

Apply basic skills in qualitative data analysis and be able to design, collect and analyse these kinds of data

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO4

Apply basic skills in quantitative data analysis and be able to design, collect and analyse these kinds of data, and demonstrate basic competencies in computer-assisted data analysis

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO5

Evaluate different research designs and be able to select the appropriate method to solve research problems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO6

Engage constructively with wider communities and apply different research methods to offer solutions to social issues

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Qualitative research report 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 7
Assessment 2 - Quantitative research report 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11
Assessment 3 - Online exercises 800 words
or equivalent
20% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASC250
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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